China will cooperate with Gulf states over energy: President Xi

Ahead of visit to Saudi Arabia, Chinese president wrote piece for Al Riyadh daily on prospects of cooperation with Arab states.

China will cooperate with Gulf states over energy: President Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday said China will work with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) "to foster a new pattern of multi-faceted energy cooperation."

Xi, who is in Saudi Arabia on a state visit, made the statement in a piece for Al Riyadh daily cited by the Chinese state Xinhua News Agency, under the title "Carrying Forward Our Millennia-old Friendship and Jointly Creating a Better Future."

"The visit will carry forward our traditional friendship, and usher in a new era in China's relations with the Arab world, with Arab states of the Gulf, and with Saudi Arabia" Xi wrote.

"Collectively, China has established a future-oriented strategic partnership of comprehensive cooperation and common development with all Arab states," he also said.

Xi stressed China's support for Arab states preserving their "sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity."

On Wednesday evening, Xi arrived in Saudi Arabia on a three-day official visit.

During his stay in the oil-rich kingdom, the Chinese president will attend the first China-Arab summit and China-Gulf summit in the capital Riyadh. He will also hold summit talks with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

The Chinese president’s visit comes three months after US President Joe Biden visited Riyadh amid an energy crisis caused by the Russian war on Ukraine.

Xi’s last visit to Saudi Arabia was in 2016.